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TREND ALERT Guitars Music may be the universal language, but lately it’s represented by one color—green. Everyone from drumstick manufacturers to audio outfits to music festival organizers has jumped on the eco-train, and now guitar makers are climbing aboard, too. Here are three models that really rock.

First Act’s Bambusa is the first bamboo guitar on the market. And it’s coated with a water-based finish and crafted with food-safe glue. Environmentalist and Guster front man Adam Gardner is a fan, and so are we. $400, firstact.com for retailers

Launched in 2005, Martin’s Sustainable Wood Series guitars are made from FSC-certified cherry, birch, and other renewable alternatives, as well as old-growth hardwoods like mahogany and rosewood. The company held an inaugural wood summit last year to promote sustainability and conservation within the industry. $1,700, martinguitar.com for retailers

What’s cooler than cool? The Gibson Les Paul SmartWood guitar. Crafted from Rainforest Alliance–certified wood in four exotic finishes (ambay guasa, banara, curupay, and peroba), it’s an eco take on the king of iconic instruments. And part of the proceeds benefits Rainforest Alliance. $1,275, gibson.com

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